Potsdam, NY, Feb 27, 2012 — New York civil rights advocates want a meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo following a decision by the attorney general's office not to investigate the New York Police Department over its monitoring of Muslim students following the Sept. 11 attack.
The Associated Press reports that in a letter yesterday, the New York Civil Rights Coalition refuses to accept the decision by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Schneiderman's office said there were legal obstacles that prevented the probe. The coalition writes that the governor must direct state authorities to investigate the surveillance.
The Associated Press reported last week that the New York Police Department kept close watch on websites and blogs maintained by Muslim student associations across the northeast U.S., including at SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University.
The surveillance reportedly took place in 2006 and 2007. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has faced a firestorm of criticism. But he continues to defend the police department, saying the city needs to be vigilant against terrorism.
Susan Stebbins is an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam. She's also special assistant to the president for diversity. The surveillance reportedly took place in 2006 and 2007. But Stebbins tells Julie Grant the college is just finding out about it now. (NCPR did request an interview with the New York Police Department, but didn't hear back for this story.) Go to full article
Jun 09, 2006 — The arrest of 17 Muslim men and boys in a Toronto suburb on terror charges has triggered a new debate over Canada's approach to immigration. Tolerance and multiculturalism are mainstream values in Canada, especially in liberal Ontario. But some Canadians -- including members of the Muslim community -- worry that a growing number of immigrants don't share common values with their fellow citizens. Brian Mann reports from Toronto. Go to full article
Aug 06, 2004 — Two men remain in custody today after police raided a mosque and two homes in Albany yesterday in connection with an alleged terrorist plot to obtain a weapon. Federal officials believe the two men arrested Thursday may be linked to al-Qaida and a militant group blamed to attacks in Iraq. Brian Shields of WAMC in Albany reports. Go to full article
Jul 30, 2003 — In the months since the September 11th terror attacks, the U.S. government has deported thousands of Muslim men. Some were detained here in the North Country as they tried to cross the border to Canada. They're not charged with terrorism, but with violations of federal immigration law. Some critics say the policy is too severe. As Brian Mann reports, activists in the Catskill town of Hudson are working to free one Pakistani man who's been held in a federal prison for 18 months. Go to full article